'The best books, reviewed with insight and charm, but without compromise.'
- author Jackie French

Sunday 25 May 2014

Review: The Boy from Snowy River

George dreams of going to Big Spills Water World. But it’s a world away from tiny Mumblegum where he lives. There is only one way his dream will be realized and that’s if he wins the Stockman’s Cup prize money at the Dargan’s Ridge festival celebrating The Man from Snowy River.

But is their old and last stock horse Bandicoot up to the race? His history of running outshines that of all other horses, but he’s old. George’s highly motivated Gran won’t be defeated. Will her schemes and the runaway goats serve to transform George’s dream to reality?
From the Mates - Great Australian Yarns series, this humorous and highly entertaining story is filled with hope, trust, and the optimism of the underdog against incredible odds. The fundamental message of Banjo Patterson’s famous poem is ‘bravery, courage and skill’ along with the discovery that appearance can be deceiving, is presented here.

An ideal read for reluctant readers guaranteed to send children (and parents) searching for more titles in this series. The words-to-learn are highlighted in varying styles of print on pages filled with vibrant illustrations. I loved it!

Title: The Boy from Snowy River
Author: Edwina Howard
Illustrator: Joe Bond
Publisher: Omnibus Books, $12.99 RRP
Publication Date: April 2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781862919976
For ages: 8-10
Type: Junior Fiction